Taipei, Aug. 21 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Wednesday that facing the challenges from China, Taiwan will not provoke Beijing but will firmly safeguard its national sovereignty and continue serving as a bastion of democracy in the Indo-Pacific region.
The rapidly changing situation in the Indo-Pacific region in recent years has created a great deal of uncertainty for the future, Tsai said while meeting with foreign guests who participated in the Ketagalan Forum: 2019 Asia-Pacific Security Dialogue, held a day earlier.
Maintaining regional peace, stability and prosperity has become a common challenge faced by countries in the region, she added.
Taiwan, as a responsible member and a free and democratic country in the region, is of great geostrategic significance and is willing to strengthen cooperation with powerful countries in the region to make greater contributions to regional peace and stability, Tsai said.
She indicated that since she took office in May 2016, she has striven to maintain the status quo across the Taiwan Strait. "Facing China, Taiwan will not provoke but will resolutely safeguard its national sovereignty and people's rights," Tsai said.
China's efforts to suppress Taiwan in the international community have hurt the benevolent development of cross-strait relations, while its measures to unilaterally undermine the cross-strait status quo have also severely affected peace and stability in the region, she said.
"Despite the many challenges facing Taiwan, we will continue serving as a bastion of democracy in the Indo-Pacific region," Tsai said, adding her belief that all like-minded countries around the world will work together with Taiwan to safeguard universal values such as freedom, democracy and human rights in the region.